Category Archives: Science

Making Blind Mice See

Once again, life gets closer to Star Trek. In mammals, the pathways that connect the photoreceptors on the surface of the cone cells to the electrical signal that is sent to the brain are made up of a complex chain … Continue reading

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Arsenic eating microbe

From the NYT: Scientists said Thursday that they had trained a bacterium to eat and grow on a diet of arsenic, in place of phosphorus — one of six elements considered essential for life — opening up the possibility that … Continue reading

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Why We Overeat: The Case of the Calorie Detecting Gut

Apparently, deliciousness is not just tongue deep. Jonah Lehrer on The Real Culprit in Overeating In recent years, neuroscience has begun to solve the mystery of overeating. It turns out to have little to do with our taste buds, or … Continue reading

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Why Gold Beat Out The Rest Of The Elements

A cool discussion with a chemical engineer, on NPR’s Morning Edition.

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Gene therapy saves patient from lifetime of blood transfusions

This is one of those incredible medical procedures that makes one realize that we’re living in the future! Ed Yong has the story.

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Maladies, Old and New

A fascinating story by Maryn McKenna about a medical mystery from 1918, and the surprising results of the autopsy, that were published this week. via Ed Yong’s weekly science roundup. And by the same author, an alarming report on the drug … Continue reading

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Why does moon look bigger on the horizon?

I remember trying to figure out why the moon looks bigger on the horizon. Bad Astronomy explains why, thinks Ponzo illusion at heart of it.

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US Justice Department is against Human Gene Patents

This is a pretty promising step, given that 20 percent of our genes have already been patented by various companies (which would mean that even if you had your genome sequenced, you would have to pay these companies fees before … Continue reading

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Weaver ants building their nest

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Are Graceful Deaths a Thing of the Past?

Atul Gawande has a new article in the New Yorker called Letting Go. It’s quite long, but Gawande is an incredible writer, and it’s hard to stop reading. Anindya introduced me to him with another excellent New Yorker article, about … Continue reading

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